Climate Change and Cutting Corners


While looking at the Clean Air Act, I began thinking of its relationship to taxes in the US, particularly as they apply to this presidential election. A given relationship to either structure depends upon the person’s or corporation’s position in society. I am thinking specifically of the fact that avoiding taxes for the top 1% of wealthiest of Americans is considered a smart business venture while the same action for the majority of Americans is considered freeloading, deceitful, or lazy. This same double standard can be examined through the lens of the environmental issues, where corporations can get away with dumping large amounts of pollutants into the air. I think this disparity in expectation is worth examining in class and I wonder if there’s a way for the Clean Air Act to ensure that loopholes aren’t being abused in powerful sectors of industry.